Sneak Peek: Notes with Text and Images

“Sneak Peek” is a new series on this blog where I give you a quick glimpse into upcoming features and other interesting stuff in and around SnipNotes.

Work on the next major SnipNotes update is well underway. Today I want to share with you a few early screenshots of a big new feature in this update: The ability to create notes with text and multiple images. ?

You will be able to add images to your existing text notes and add text to new image notes. Images can be loaded from your local device (camera, photo library, etc.), copied from a webpage or dragged in from another app. More details on this feature will follow. ?

Resolve issues with Apple Watch

This article describes troubleshooting steps for various issues related to Apple Watch.


  • SnipNotes does not show up on my Apple Watch
  • In the settings menu on my iPhone, I see the message “Please install SnipNotes on your Apple Watch”


Please open the Apple Watch – App on your iPhone and check if SnipNotes is listed in the section “Installed on Apple Watch”

  • If no: Please scroll down to the section “Available apps” and tap on the “Install” button next to SnipNotes
  • If yes: Tap on the “SnipNotes” row and disable the switch “Show app on Apple Watch”. Wait until the uninstallation is complete and enable the switch again

If the issue persists after (re)installation, please restart your Apple Watch.

If SnipNotes is not listed in the Apple Watch – App at all, please tap on “General” => “Info” and make sure that you have installed at least version 4.0 of the operating system on your Apple Watch. You can update the software under “General” => “Software update” if required. Otherwise, please try to restart your iPhone.


  • I don’t see any notes on my Apple Watch
  • The notes on my Apple Watch are incomplete
  • Notes created on my watch do not show up on my iPhone


Please try to reset the synchronization with your Apple Watch:

  1. Open SnipNotes on your iPhone and on your Apple Watch
  2. Open the settings menu in SnipNotes on your iPhone (cogwheel icon)
  3. Tap on the “Troubleshooting” row
  4. Tap on the “Reset” button in the “Apple Watch” section
  5. Keep SnipNotes on your Apple Watch active (Screen is turned on and the app is in the foreground) and wait until the spinning wheel disappears on your iPhone
  6. Tap on “Done” in the upper right corner of your iPhone

This process will re-transfer all notes from your iPhone to your Apple Watch. They should show up on your Apple Watch shortly after. Please note that only notes in the inbox are synchronized with your Apple Watch by default.

If following these steps doesn’t solve your issue, please get in touch with me. I’m happy to help!

Siri Shortcuts

Important: This feature requires iOS 12 and SnipNotes version 2.8 or above.

You can use Siri on your iPhone or iPad to automate commonly used actions with shortcuts. A Siri shortcut is a custom voice command that you record to trigger a particular action in an app. SnipNotes allows you to create shortcuts for the following use cases:

Siri Shortcuts for Notes

At the bottom of a note, you’ll find the shortcuts button. This will open a menu with multiple options, inter alia:

  • Open Note with Siri: You can record a voice command to open this note with Siri
  • Read Note/Show Image with Siri: Siri can read text notes and show images, without having to open the app. This is very useful when you’re using AirPods or a HomePod for example.

Siri Shortcuts for Categories

Open a category and tap on the list icon with the little plus symbol to open the create menu. This menu also allows you to create the following Siri Shortcuts:

  • Open Category with Siri: You can record a voice command to open a category with Siri
  • Save Current Location: Say this shortcut to Siri and it will save your current location in the chosen category
  • Add Current Clipboard: Similar to “Save Current Location”, this shortcut will save the contents of your clipboard in SnipNotes without having to open the app

Siri will also suggest shortcuts for actions that you perform frequently on the lock screen, in Siri settings and on Apple Watch.

Try SnipNotes Before You Buy

I'm happy to announce a frequently requested change to the SnipNotes pricing model: The iOS app can now be downloaded and used completely free of charge for 7 days. After this period the app becomes read-only and must be unlocked with a one-time purchase. This change doesn't have any effect on existing users and is currently limited to the iOS version of SnipNotes. If proven successful, I will also introduce a free trial for the macOS version.

The SnipNotes Formatting Update has arrived!

Since its release in February of 2015, SnipNotes has evolved from a simple clipboard manager into a comprehensive note-taking app. The app has gained many new ways for adding and organizing notes. One part, however, has remained largely unchanged: SnipNotes was only able to store and display notes with plain text. That restriction gets finally lifted with this update.

Text Formatting for Notes

Notice: These features require at least SnipNotes 2.7 for iOS or SnipNotes 1.3 for macOS.

You can style your notes with a variety of formatting options:

  • Bold and italic text
  • Underlined and strikethrough text
  • Headers
  • Text colors
  • Bullet lists

Use the buttons above the keyboard (iOS) or the toolbar buttons (macOS) to control formatting. Many formatting options can also be set with the keyboard (e.g. ⌘ + B for bold text).

Formatting can be applied to selected text as well as to the current cursor position.


SnipNotes stores the formatted text in Markdown syntax. This means that you can also write notes in Markdown directly:

  • Bold Text: **Text**
  • Italic Text: *Text*
  • Underlined Text: _Text_
  • Strikethrough Text: –Text– (two dashes before and after the text)
  • Headlines: # Headline 1, ## Headline 2 etc. (6 levels are supported)
  • Colors: [#ff0000](My red text)
  • Bullet List:

* Level 1
** Level 2
*** Level 3

Please note that you can currently not combine multiple formatting options.

Backup and Restore Your Data

If you use iCloud synchronization, your notes are backup up automatically in iCloud and will be downloaded on the first launch of a new device.

In addition, you can use the backup functionality of your device to create a copy of SnipNotes’ data:


Back up your device as usual via iCloud or iTunes. This backup contains the data of all your installed apps, including SnipNotes.


Create a copy of SnipNotes’ data folders with Time Machine or another backup utility:


~/Library/Group Containers/

The second path contains a subfolder “database”. The file “SnipNotes.realm” stores all your notes and can be viewed with the free tool Realm Browser.

Notice: When you restore a local backup, you may have to reset the iCloud synchronization.

Better Notes

Since its humble beginnings as a simple clipboard for text snippets, SnipNotes has evolved into a comprehensive note-taking app and is chosen by more and more users as their primary notepad. One of SnipNotes’ biggest remaining limitations is that notes can only contain plain text and no other elements. The next updates are aimed at filling this gap. Here is an overview of the current development plan. …

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